RHINELANDER - Nearly 140,000 people can legally carry concealed weapons in Wisconsin.
Thursday is the one-year anniversary of the controversial bill signed into law by Governor Walker.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice received more than 151,000 permit applications through the first year.
Mitch Mode owns Mel's Trading Post in Rhinelander.
He saw significant sales of small, concealable handguns over the past year.
"It spiked about 10, 12 months ago and tapered off now," Mode said.
"That's true nationwide though. We've seen a real pronounced increase on a national level of concealable type firearms."
Mode says there's been a mix of men and women looking to buy concealed weapons.
"Occasionally people come in and want to buy this [a gun], I don't want to use it unless I have to," Mode said.
"In that case, we say buy some pepper spray. Unless you're really familiar with that firearm, you should not be using it in a concealed carry."
Training continues to be important for anyone hoping to carry a concealed weapons.
"If people have never had a handgun, we caution them if they really want to buy a handgun," Mode said.
"In a concealed carry situation, you have to be very familiar with how that handgun works, be able to use it in a panic situation. Occasiionally people come in and want to buy this, I don't want to use it unless I have to. In that case, we say buy some pepper spray."
The business has shifted from away from weapons.
"The business has made a transition from initially from small, easily to conceal handguns. To now, more accessories, holsters, cases, purses."
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EAGLE RIVER - A new type of foundation could give you a better way to build a home, and the idea for the improvement starts right here in the Northwoods.
Composite Panel Systems in Eagle River builds composite panels for home foundations. Composite means anything made of two or more materials, which includes fiberglass in this case. The company describes the EPITOME Quality Foundation Wall as a revolutionary composite building solution for residential foundations.
The company makes them off site, and then they put them together on location. Composite Panel Systems' Scott Weber says that means a shorter build time compared to concrete foundations.
CONOVER - The Chain Skimmers Water Ski Team from Conover won the state title for their division last weekend in Wisconsin Rapids. Summer water ski shows are a wonderful part of the Spirit of the North.
"I don't know how to spend the summer anywhere else," said Jessica Clark.
She is one of about 35 skiers between the ages of 12 and 31 who spend their summers on Lake Pleasant in Conover. They come from Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida and Texas.
MERRILL - Members of a Northwoods union chapter gathered unique inspiration for a fundraiser - The Beatles.
Merrill-area Local 6 members gathered Wednesday on the Wisconsin flowage to raise money for groups in need of assistance. The union leaders organized boat rides, raffles, barbecues, and contests. The inspiration for the fundraiser came, in part, from the 1965 Beatles single Help!
"I found out it was the anniversary of the 'Help!' release from The Beatles record, and I decided, let's help our community," said Local 6 Vice President Valerie Nelson. "Our membership is very passionate about certain organizations within our community. One being the Lincoln County Humane Society, the local food pantry, and the American Cancer Society."
MADISON - Unemployment is up in all of Wisconsin's largest cities and most counties.
The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that unemployment rates in June increased in all of the state's 32 largest cities. Unemployment rates went up in 61 of 72 counties and remained unchanged in the other 11.
Wisconsin's monthly unemployment rate in June was 5.7 percent, unchanged from May.
WOODRUFF - Americans will eat about 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Wednesday, millions of Americans celebrated National Hot Dog day. That was the case in the Northwoods.
Hoggie Doggies Snack Shack is a staple in Woodruff. Their All-American favorite is the Chicago Style Dog.
The owner Judy Rossi has been there for 12 years and says they go through a lot of dogs.
"Last season we went through almost 17,000 hot dogs. This year we're on track for about 18,000," says Rossi. "Statistically we go through about 8 tons of potatoes in a season, which is close to 16,000 pounds for our homemade french fries. Those are some big numbers for this little place."
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